It's been about 2 weeks since we got back from Iceland, and I'm still only halfway through my massive pile of photos. We had such a great time, and I do want to write a bit about what we did (and how we did it), but until I get my act together all I can tell you about is my sweater. James kindly took some silly pictures of me in front of Jökulsárlón, the glacial lagoon from which I drew my colour inspiration.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I was really burning the midnight oil on this one. When we left for the airport, I was busy sewing up some armpit seams, weaving in ends, and guessing exactly how long to make my second sleeve. The flight was spent working on said second sleeve, and I managed to cast it off while waiting for our campervan rental to be ready.
I made a couple small modifications to this pattern. The first, I used a larger size for the hips (38) than the bust (35). While the pattern is designed for a couple inches of ease, since I wanted this as a piece to fit under my rain jacket/down vest, I opted to have it fit with about 1" of positive ease or so. The second modification relates to the sleeves. Because I was both worried about running out of yarn, and my timeline and mobile knitting needs, I opted to knit the sleeves (mostly) from the yoke down. I provisionally cast on the number of stitches that connected to the yoke, knit about 10 rows, and put them on holders as if they were full sleeves. After my yoke was finished, I picked up my provisionally cast-on edge and knit down each sleeve. (You can see what the finished body/yoke/sleevelet combo looks like in this photo)
Unsurprisingly, lopi is matched perfectly to the landscape. The weather could easily go from sunny to windy to rainy within the span of a hike, and this thing did a great job of keeping my chronically-chilly self warm. I wore this outfit (lopapeysa, leggings, blundstones) for 5 days straight and I couldn't have been happier.
(I just wanted to throw this picture in here, despite it being terribly unflattering. Right as James started taking photos, we heard a giant CRACK and one of the glaciers started to flip over. Good timing or what! The colour underneath is just so stunning!)
I'll be back soon with more Iceland talk. Until then, I will just pretend I am still there while watching them crush France on Sunday! Áfram Ísland!